music & entertainment news – tuesday 6/19/18

music & entertainment news – tuesday 6/19/18

John Mellencamp has posted a video of his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

John Mellencamp -Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos


Rod Stewart is in Las Vegas for another run of residency dates – Rod Stewart: The Hits. He will return to Caesars Palace in November for six more shows.

Peter Wolf will open for Jimmy Buffett at Boston’s Fenway Park on August 9th.

Peter Wolf – Photo Credit: Photorazzi

Gene Simmons will appear at the Indianapolis Days of the Dead convention on Friday and Saturday.

Gene Simmons -Photo Credit:

Steve Miller has commented on the death of guitarist Matt Murphy at the age of 88. He says, “He was a great blues artist, appeared in the Blues Brothers movies and played with James Cotton when James and I toured together. Besides being a superb guitarist, Matt was a sly and cunning poker player and he won my whole week’s per diem and my shoes after a gig we did together with James in Spokane, Washington back in the ’70s. May he rest in peace!”

James Cotton Blues Band with Matt “Guitar” Murphy – The 27th Annual Chicago Blues Festival – Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

James Cotton Blues Band with Matt “Guitar” Murphy – The 27th Annual Chicago Blues Festival – Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

Billy Sammeth, who spent more than 20 years as Cher’s personal manager, died today (Monday) from pancreatic cancer at age 66. During their time together, she recorded the smash hits “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe.” His other clients included pop legends Donny Osmond, Olivia Newton-John and K.C. & the Sunshine Band. Referring to Sammeth by his nickname, Cher tweets “Bumpy is gone” — with an emoji of a broken heart.

Ann Wilson tweets that her beloved dog George died on Saturday. She called him “a loyal and true little soul all his life. He traveled far and wide. He thrilled with joy at peak moments. Vaya Con Dios, George.”

The Edge went to see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway last week, saying, “The great storyteller kills it.” He then took Amtrak down to Washington, D.C. for U2 dates there.

Paul McCartney has been nominated for a Helpmann Award in Australia. He is up for Best International Contemporary Concert. The awards will be handed out next month in Sydney.

Paul McCartney – Photo Credit: Photorazzi / PR Photos

The Rolling Stones have posted an unboxing video of their new vinyl collection box set, The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016. And they do unbox it, with Mick Jagger handing copies of the albums to his bandmates and tossing them on a table.

Chaka Khan’s first new music in 11 years proves that she’s no golden oldie.

The voice of such R&B and funk classics as “Tell Me Something Good,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel for You,” has posted her new single “Like Sugar” online. It’s a pulsating electronic dance track — and the farthest thing from being “retro” or “throwback.”

Expect details soon on Chaka’s upcoming album. (Rolling Stone)


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